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Christmas is approaching and I am wishing everybody a joyful time and a prosperous and peaceful New Year 2015!
I already have a lot of Christmas covers in my collection, which you can find here.
This year I already received covers from 31 countries that I was missing! A big THANK YOU to everybody, who helps getting my collection more complete!
Nevertheless I am missing covers from a lot of countries. If your country/territory is on the list below, please send me a cover! I am replying with a nice one from Austria.
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan
Americas: Barbuda, Bequia, Dominica, Grenada & Carriacou
Antarctica: Argentine Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Territory, Chilean Antarctic Territory, South Georgia
Asia: Abkhazia, Eastern Timor, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, South Ossetia
Australia & Oceania: Cook Islands (Aitutaki, Penrhyn), Micronesia, Nauru, Niuafoʻou, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tokelau
Europe: Mt. Athos, Transnistria
I am also interested in receiving letters from local post services.
Please send all covers to the following address:
On December 16 I received this marvelous cover from the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, a big thank you to the station’s philatelic clerk Mr. Smith!
The left stamp is part of the set “Antarctic Explorers”, which was issued on September 14, 1988. It commemorates the explorer Richard E. Byrd (1888 – 1957). The right stamp is an imperforated copy of the “Global Forever” stamp, which was issued on January 28, 2013.
On the left there are stamps of the Antarctica Local Post and the International Local Post.
On the back there is an additional cancel of the National Science Foundation.
It was posted in Tauragė on December 12 and arrived on December 16, 2014.
On September 26 I received this beautiful cover from Latvia, thank you Juris! The cover was posted in Rīga on September 24.
Juris used a stamp and FDC, which was issued on September 12, 2014; it commemorates the Ainaži lighthouse.
The stamp at the bottom is part of the “Coat of Arms”-series and depicts the coat of arms of Staicele. It was issued on March 12, 2010.
Joze has sent this nice cover from Slovenia, thank you! It was posted in Ljubljana on November 21 and arrived on December 1, 2014.
The stamps are part of the set “Birds of Slovenia”, which was issued on May 30, 2014. They depict the common merganser (Mergus merganser), the lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), and the Eurasian crag martin (Hirundo rupestris).
This beautiful cover from the USA was sent by Nehemiah, thank you! It was posted in Paris, IL, on July 1 and arrived on July 8, 2014.
The left stamp is part of the set “Winter Flowers”, which was issued on February 14, 2014. The two stamps on the right commemorate the trains Congressional and 20th Century Limited. The stamps are part of the “Trains” stamp set (issued on August 26, 1999).
See also: #723 USA 13/04/26
This very nice cover from Latvia was sent by Oleg, thank you! It was posted in Rīga on June 9 and arrived on June 11, 2014.
The left stamp was issued on February 23, 2008, and depicts an Easter Egg.
The middle stamp commemorates Latvian fairy tales. It was issued on August 23, 2008.
See also: #472 Latvia 10/11/13
The top left stamp is part of the “Swans” set, which commemorates the 600th anniversary of the Abbotsbury Swannery. It was issued on January 19, 1993. The top right stamp is part of the set (issued on April 12, 2011), which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The bottom stamp commemorates the 1983 Commonwealth Day. It is part of a set, which was issued on March 9, 1983.
Vural has sent this nice cover from Liechtenstein, thank you! It was posted in Vaduz on March 4 and arrived on March 7, 2014.
The left stamps are part of the definitive series and were issued on November 16, 2009.
The right stamp is a custom one, which can be seen at the different inscription “Liechtensteinische Post AG” and the logo in the top left corner.
The bottom left stamp was issued on September 2, 2013. It depicts an artwork of Per Ingemann.
See also: #825 Denmark 14/07/22
This amazing registered cover from Malaysia was sent by Randy, thank you! It was posted in Selangor and arrived on October 29, 2014.
The left stamp in the first row depicts the lizard Gonocephalus grandis. It is part of the set “Endangered Reptiles”, which was issued on September 28, 2005. The second stamp (part of the set “Protected Mammals”; issued July 27, 2005) commemorates the yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula). The next stamp depicts the leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus). It is the 2006 joint issue of Malaysia and Brunei. The next stamp is part of the set “Traditional Transportation” (issued on August 18, 2004) and depicts a rickshaw. The four stamps on the right are part of the set “Garden Flowers”, which was issued on July 1, 2010. The stamps depict the flowers Canna indica.
In the third row there is the stamp set “Pitcher Plants”, which was issued on April 6, 1996. It commemorates the plants Nepenthes sanguinea, N. macfarlanei, N. rajah, and N. lowii. The stamp on the right (issued on May 8, 1998) is part of a set that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.
In the last row there is the stamp set, which commemorates the 2000 International Union of Forestry Research Organisations Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The set was issued on August 7, 2000. The stamp on the right is part of the 2010 “Garden Flowers” set too and commemorates the Indian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera).
This very nice cover from Laos was sent by Wolfgang, thank you very much! It was posted in Vientiane on October 7 and arrived on October 21, 2014.
The stamp on the left commemorates the pottery handicraft. It is part of the set “Lao handicrafts”, which was issued on March 14, 2011. The middle stamp is part of the “Aubergines/Eggplant” set, which was issued on October 1, 2008. The right stamp is part of the stamp set, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the ASEAN. It was issued on August 8, 2007.
See also:#628 Laos 13/01/24
Kia has sent this beautiful first day cover from Taiwan, thank you very much! It was cancelled on October 16 (Minguo calendar year: 103) and arrived on November 5, 2014.
The special postmarks and the right stamp commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Taipei Zoo. The stamp is part of a mini-sheet and depicts a panda bear and its baby.
The left stamp is part of the set “Taiwanese Delicacies”, which was issued on January 31, 2013.